Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Thursday Thirteen - Tiger Facts

1. A group of tigers is called a streak.

2. Tigers have been classified by scientists into eight subspecies: Indian (or Bengal), Indo-Chinese, Sumatran, Amur (or Siberian), South China, Caspian (extinct), Java (extinct), and Bali (extinct).

3. There are probably fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers on the island of Sumatra.

4. The roar of a tiger can be heard more than a mile away.

5. Tigers keep their claws sharp for hunting by pulling in their retractable claws into a protective sheath.

6. Most tigers have more than 100 stripes, and no two tigers have identical stripes

7. Fully grown they reach the length of 13 feet

8. An adult male weighs up to 700 lb

9. The World's Tiger Species:

- Balinese: Extinct. Last reported sighting 1937

- Caspian: Probably extinct. Last seen 1970's

- Javan: Probably extinct. Last seen 1970's

- South-Chinese: Near extinction 30-35 remain

- Siberian: 500 remain in Amur river area

- Sumatran: 300-500 remain in Sumatra

- Indo-Chinese: 1000-1500 remain in Burma to Malaysia

- Bengal: 3000-4000 remain in India and surrounding areas

10. Webbing between their toes enables the Sumatran tiger to be very efficient and fast swimmer. If given the chance the tiger will run hoofed prey into the water where the animal is at a much greater disadvantage because they cannot swim well with their long thin legs.

11. Tigers fail at least 90% of the time in catching prey during hunts!

12. Tigers are excellent swimmers and can easily cross rivers and lakes 3.7-5 miles (6-8 km) wide!
13. Tigers are an endangered species. Wild tigers in Asia -- their natural habitat -- may soon disappear. As conservationist, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, has been paraphrased: Saving the tiger is a test. If we pass, we get to keep the planet.

Happy TT everybody!

posted by Nature Mad @ 8:05 AM  
  • At June 13, 2007 at 3:26 PM, Blogger c said…

    Sad to know that most of Indonesian tigers are extinct :\ Welcome to TT, happy TT and my list is up here. Hehe.

  • At June 13, 2007 at 3:53 PM, Blogger Crimson Wife said…

    We visited the zoo last week and the very first thing my 4 1/2 year old asked to see was the tiger. She was so disappointed that it was taking a "cat nap"!

    Thanks for sharing :-)

  • At June 13, 2007 at 3:54 PM, Blogger Dewey said…

    Welcome to TT! Is this blog new? I only see two posts, so I thought it might be.

  • At June 13, 2007 at 4:24 PM, Blogger pussreboots said…

    Lovely TT. Tigers are magificent creatures. It's sad how threatened they are. :(

  • At June 13, 2007 at 4:41 PM, Blogger impworks said…

    Great facts :-)

  • At June 13, 2007 at 4:52 PM, Blogger Mama Kelly said…

    I never realized how far a tiger's roar would travel. A facinating T13 entry.

    Mama kelly

  • At June 13, 2007 at 5:25 PM, Blogger Jenny McB said…

    I didn't know that a group of tigers was called a streak. I learned a lot about tigers tonight.

    Welcome to TT13.

  • At June 13, 2007 at 6:02 PM, Blogger Cordia Amant said…

    Wow. That's a lot of things I never knew about tigers. I hope I'm never prey to a tiger, my odds don't look too good.

  • At June 13, 2007 at 7:50 PM, Blogger Michelle Pillow said…

    Great list!

  • At June 13, 2007 at 11:23 PM, Blogger mar said…

    Welcome to TT! and thanks for the great info about tigers!

  • At June 14, 2007 at 3:30 AM, Blogger Nadiah Alwi said…

    I'm so sorry that tigers in Bali are now gone.

  • At June 14, 2007 at 10:33 AM, Blogger Joy T. said…

    Excellent first TT! Great facts and definitely sad to see the tiger numbers dwindling in some places.

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